Symphyotrichum chilense (Pacific aster)

Formerly Aster chilensis. Short to tall native rhizomatous perennial with pink to lavender flowers, blooming June to October. Drought tolerant, occurring from dry coastal dunes and salt marshes up to mountain meadows, preferring open or disturbed sites and tolerant of clay soils; up to 8,000 ft. elevation. Use for late-season native pollinator habitat and prairie restoration. Important for bumble bee queens, pre-hibernation. Host plant for Checkerspot and Crescent butterflies.

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INFORMATION & ATTRIBUTES

Family: Asteraceae

Duration: Perennial

Growth Habit: Forb/Herb

Native Status: Native 

Growth Form: Rhizomatous

Mature Height:  12-48 in.

Bloom Color: White, Pink

Bloom Period: Summer

Annual Precipitation:  in.

Drought Tolerance: Intermediate

Shade Tolerance: Medium

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Fire Tolerance:

Nitrogen fixation: None

SOIL ADAPTATION

Coarse Texture: Some

Medium Texture: Yes

Fine Texture: Yes

Salinity Tolerance: High

CaCO3 Tolerance:

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SEEDING NOTES

Seeds per Pound: 800,000

Seeding Rate: 1-2 PLS lbs/acre

Season: Spring/Fall

Days to Germination:


VARIETIES & LOCAL ACCESSIONS

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